rector’s messages

Fr Justin’s Holy Week Services

Posted on Apr 4, 2019

Wednesday, April 17th: Chanting and Walking Meditation ~ 5-5:30 pm During Lent this year we have been praying using simple and repetitive chant. We have focused on a chant from Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega / The original and the latest / The source and the end”. We have been using a Latin translation to highlight the sounds and the interior dynamics of the chant as we circumambulate the sanctuary while the vesper light pours through our stained glass windows. Contemplative Prayer and Teaching ~ 5:30-7 pm Contemplative Prayer and Teaching on Wednesday of Holy Week offers some...

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March Keystone 2019

Posted on Mar 3, 2019

Recently in our book study, where we are reading, marking, and inwardly digesting, A Letter or Private Direction, that 14th century English work on prayer, we read this extraordinary section in chapter V: “…keep yourself recollected and undistracted as far as you can by grace and the strategy of spiritual endurance.  For in this dark contemplation of the substance of your being, in which as I have told you, you are one with GOD, you must do all that you have to do: eat and drink, sleep and awaken, walk and sit, speak and be silent, lie down and get up, stand and kneel, run and ride,...

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Easter Message from Fr. Justin

Posted on Mar 27, 2018

The Lord has risen! A Blessed Easter to everyone. As I write this, I am preparing the Sermons and Liturgies for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Holy Week is always such an intense time in the liturgical year with ancient liturgies of Maundy Thursday’s footb washing and the institution of the Holy Eucharist, Good Friday’s three hour liturgy with its teachings, prayer periods, prostrations, and our rounding the church with the Stations of the Cross. The ancient Good Friday liturgy, the predawn Easter Vigil…for those who can and do pray this liturgical prayer cycle, the experience can be...

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Visioning

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Over this year the Vestry and I have been meeting to engage in Visioning, that is we are trying to catch a glimpse of our calling here at this corner of School and Pleasant Streets. One of the central pieces of Visioning is first understanding what the mission is, and here is where we, like many of our brothers and sisters in Christ, get caught up. We often ask ourselves, what is our mission, which makes a certain amount of sense, except the Church is not another non-profit among so many good organizations. The Church is the Body of Christ on earth, and we are called not to our own mission...

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St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Snowmass

Posted on Sep 28, 2017

Last Summer Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. invited Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Fr. Laurence Freeman, O.S.B. and Fr. Tilden Edward to St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Snowmass, CO. Each of these great teachers are recognized leaders at the forefront of the “contemplative reformation” in motion in the Church at this time. Through their shared commitment to sharing the contemplative heart of Christianity and their concern for the healing of the world, they ...

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Advent Message from the Desk of the Pastor

Posted on Dec 5, 2016

In Advent over the last few years I have found myself going back again and again to a little work by Johannes Tauler; Sermon 1 to be exact. It is a homily on the Triple Birth of Christ we celebrate at Christmas. The three births are: the birth of the Word in Eternity before time and all worlds, the birth of the Son to the Blessed Virgin Mary the birth of Christ in the ground of every heart that is open and illuminated by God’s loving Spirit. There is this little section where Tauler is giving some helpful pointers in how to open the heart and let the light of Christ burn away the...

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